Foxglove Bar & Kitchen
(33 Queens Wharf)
Wellington City 04-460 9410
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- Mon – Fri 11:30am – late
- Sat & Sun 10:30am – late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: up to 300
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: No
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
The Foxglove team have put together a contemporary gastro menu where attention is placed on sourcing the best sustainable products and applying simple classic flavours with modern techniques of cooking.
The informal Foxglove menu boasts, sustainable line caught fish & seafood, dry & wet aged Angus beef, a wide variety of imported cheeses from Spain, France and Australia, 12 flavours of house made chocolates, ice-creams and sorbets.
The Foxglove dining room is a small and intimate space for 50 guests with 180 degree views of the harbour. Our large banquet table can accommodate up to 14 people and larger dining groups of up to 40 people can be accommodated in our upstairs Games Room on our set menu.
For a delicious cocktail or fine whiskey, go through the Fox Glove wardrobe and into the world of Foxtail.
With four spaces available for private hire, from 10-300 people Foxglove has the inspired surroundings for your next event.
Foxglove Bar & Kitchen is situated on Customhouse Quay at 33 Queen’s Wharf.
27 Reviews for Foxglove Bar & Kitchen
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Had a reservation so was directed to a seat straight away.
The meals were small but filling (we couldn’t even finish). Food was amazing and one of the best dining experiences we have had in Wellington.
At the end we got complimentary bubbles which was lovely.
Would definitely go back.
As we entered the atmosphere was great and it was very busy.
Went up to the bar to order some drinks and went outside to sit in the large bed chair type things on the deck.
All in all it was a great experience but I wouldn’t hurry back, service was average and meals were over priced.
We have asked this before at many of the other restaurants (including many of the Wellington on a Plate restaurants) and they have always been happy to exchange the wine for a juice or tea, so we were really shocked that Foxglove did not cater for people that may be pregnant, have health issues, be driving, be under age or with other reasons for not wanting to drink alcohol. Another restriction peculiar to Foxglove was that either all people at the same table had to do Wellington on a Plate, or none of them could do it – this was also the first place we have come across that restriction – it didn’t cause a problem for us but we did hear it causing issues for another table.
This inflexibility unfortunately overshadowed what could have been a very pleasant lunch at Foxglove (and this is the sole reason for the low rating). It would be great if Foxglove could provide better customer service and safe drinking options in the future.
My husband and I suggested to two other couples that we go there and we were rather embarrassed!
Hubby and I shared our entree of Deep Sea Scallops with turkey wings and thinking $25, we would get enough of a small amount to share and be happy. Two scallops with 2 slices of Prosciutto came out (one each) – they were in the middle of changing menus and they didn’t have turkey wings which was mentioned as they gave it to us.
My main was Venison and it was raw in the middle, because of the lighting and the darker meat I didn’t notice until I was eating it. I couldn’t chew it and didn’t want too be rude so I swallowed it whole. $36 for a small slab of meat and paying for a side of salad (which was lovely) was not worth it! My friend got the fish, she mentioned the fish was pan seared and on the menu it doesn’t tell you and it came out battered.
The desert was well worth the $17 however! Top marks to the desert chef.
None of us went away raving and one couple stopped in at McDonalds on the way home. It was a lovely setting but poor food for what you pay, so yeah…. Meh. I’ve definitely experienced better.
I liked the fact that they could make a CC Dry with the 12 year Canadian Club, it went down smoothly, very nice CC, and well made drink from Foxglove.
I plan to come back when I can afford more than just chips and a drink or two. but I will be back sometime.
surpassed my expectations of it for a first time here.
Definitely worth a visit, and not trying their chips with tomato aioli is close to a crime for anyone who loves chips and wants a new standard of chips dishes at restaurants/bars.
Foxglove, you are one good looking and excellent tasting Bar & Kitchen. I am an advocate for your aioli, and chips.
I just hope you get the final CC bottle out there, 20 year or whatever it is.
Will certainly be going back to try out the dinner menu and soak in the atomosphere. Recommended.
as reviewed by Ask The Locals on 27th Aug ’11
I chose Foxglove set pre-theatre menu, as we had enjoyed our previous visit and it was quicker and easier than waiting for a table of woman to decide on what to agree on.
So, we start with sourdough, olive oil and a quenelle of light and airy herb butter. I adore the light and airy herby butter and wonder if anyone would notice that I had run out of bread a long time ago, but was still enjoying the butter.
Then onto a starter of goats cheese & mozzarella balls, with rocket and slivers of toasted almonds all very well seasoned. I have no idea what an apple & bush honey gastrique is, but assume it is the dressing, which goes beautifully with the strong goats cheese.
The duck liver parfait was very popular at our table, perhaps chosen for its moussy lightness yet maximum flavour. Whatever the reasons, just know that my cheesy balls won out.
There was some mirth when the ‘nearly-a-vegetarian’ ordered the steak tartare. We weren’t sure if she knew that the tartare meant it would be raw beef. But everyone else was interested to get the nearly-a-vegetarians’ take on her choice, so we all agreed not to say anything. Unusual choice – funny business!
I thought I would not order anything too heavy. See, this is more of the funny business around food. What’s wrong with ordering the rump of lamb or the confit of duck? No, four out of six of us would just have the grilled snapper with beetroot and ginger air – so foamy and ethereal, not to weigh too much on the tum.
The duck and lamb were delicious, and I was rather envious when I saw them.
To find out the reaction of nearly-a-vegetarian on her steak tartare and to see more of our review of Foxglove, see:
My favourite dish out of the seven courses, was the “Yellow Brick Road snapper sashimi with mango, cucumber,soy‐mirin pearls, wasabi creme & sweet ginger air”. The flavours and freshness were incredible. I could have eaten 7 courses of that and been perfectly happy – it was heaven!
However, I also loved the Lemon & champagne sorbet, to cleanse the palate in between the two fish-based courses.
Plus the buffalo yoghurt & jasmine gelato, blackberry, thyme were standout flavours for me.
Most of all, I loved the warm ambiance and classy chic of the place. It’s a place I could sit in for hours and while away an evening with friends.
Even when it’s hailing outside.
Since I tell others to do my bidding (i.e. order my drinks for me or massage my feet in scented oils), I’ve never interacted with the bar staff and can only surmise they’re all well-trained and capable.
Love the second story patio space as well as the “secret” room filled with yuppity Wellingtonians.
Not for the faint of wallet, or those on a student budget. My man-servant ordered a bottle of sauvignon blanc and it was about NZ$70. I nearly keeled over and had a dramatic faux heart attack.
The venison was perfect melt in your mouth, not to mention the hazelnut, rocket, parmesan and pear salad.
The only criticism was the friand served in the Vanilla dessert option was dry and not a great fit with the other items, perhaps a vanilla and raspberry truffle would be a better substitute.
Service was attentive and thought the prices for Wellington were fair given the quality of the food.
It has a great atmosphere – so many different areas to discover and enjoy. Excellent food & service but make sure you phone ahead as dinner reservations can be hard to get. Must-see Foxtail bar through the wardrobe. Well worth a visit.
Putting my first experience down to teething troubles with the opening, my next experience was just as bad! Two bartenders told me they couldn’t make my cocktail when I could see the spirits on the bar!! VERY disappointing.
The only plus side is the decor and location (oh and the great work the owner has put into marketing the bar to get us there in the first place!!)
After calling twice – once to originally book and a 2nd to amend numbers we arrived to be told bluntly that we did not have a booking. Our group of 12 was left standing at the bar – until we stopped a waiter walking past and again asked for a table…
The staff set a table for us, very quickly considering our group size. Whilst we explored the new decor – which was stunning!
They didn’t have printed menus by a waiter who was obviously unfamiliar with the menu and struggled to be heard by our large group. When asked if we could ‘upgrade’ to enjoy all three courses after going to ask the chef to be told that we were unable to have a third course as it was a two course promotional menu – although we could choose entree main, or main dessert.
Beverage orders were taken with the meal orders but from there we had to ask for a wine list and service or go to the bar for further drinks.
We were served shoe string fries and a bowl of lettuce for the table hardly part of the innovative dining we were expecting – especially considering the meal was well presented (and tasted divine). Fries really didn’t suit the mains of confit chicken with crayfish ravioli and pan roasted market fish with green pea gribich…
One of our group found a hair in their dessert – when bringing this to the attention of a staff member he stood at the table examining it proceeded to dispute it was a hair and to our astonishment said that if it would make us feel better it was on the house – not even an apology. The entire table was stunned at this – but he then went on to say “it won’t kill you” and left the dessert on the table without an offer of replacing/removing it – although he did have the courtesy to take the hair with him. Perhaps he expected us to conMoretinue to eat it?
This was our first and will be the only attempt at Foxglove, we left bitterly disappointed and proceeded to another venue.
Firstly the decor,absolutely stunning,its warm and inviting but with a big punch of personality, which is refreshing. Congratulations to your Designer.
Next the Staff, friendly and knowledgeable,helping us each time with several requests.
Lastly the Food, just Devine, presentation that delivered.
So Congratulations,so easy to recommend,just wished I lived closer. Thank you for such an enjoyable experience that I havent had for a long time.